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Morning photo: Frost flowers

In winter’s grasp …

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Delicate crystals grow on stalks of dry grass near the shore of Dillon Reservoir.

FRISCO — Despite the risk of slightly frostbitten fingers, I have a strange fascination with the frost formations that grace the Colorado high country during the winter. The best time to photograph them is during the middle to late part of fall, when daily temperature fluctuations are greatest and there’s still some moist air streaming off streams, ponds and lakes. That’s the combination that fuels the best growth.

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Frost crystals growing on icicles draped over a boulder along the shore of Dillon Reservoir.

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You never really know what shape these ephemeral crystals are going to take.

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Ice flowers growing on dormant grass in a roadside mud puddle.

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Frost flower.

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